Helmut Plötz, Technology Supplier Business Manager EMEA, Arrow Electronics, looks at the key role of FPGAs. Continuing time and cost pressures mean that it is more important than ever for startups and established companies to get their ideas from concept to production in as timely and reliable a way as possible. This has led to some development platforms becoming the foundation of end products. One example is the MAX1000 FPGA IoT board,...
Some alternative stories from the halls of electronica
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. My travels last month took me to the biggest shoe-leather-eating event in the calendar. Yes, I am talking about the enormous electronica exhibition in Munich, which was even bigger than in previous years. As per usual, I boosted my daily step count to silly levels with the combination of the event and me exploring the bars of Munich in the evening.
Celebrating National App Day
It’s difficult to imagine a world without apps, and the latest generation of smart device users won’t actually remember one! Before the App Store, some may remember the first ever smartphone (IBM’s Simon), launched in 1994, which had preloaded ‘features’ such as a calculator, calendar, note book and a sketch pad. Not what we would necessarily recognise as an app by today’s standards, but a seminal moment n...
Top 10 gadgets to add to your Christmas list
You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. All the latest in electronic wizardry is coming to town.
Women of STEM – Top 20
Over the last few years we have used up a lot of column inches in order to highlight the burgeoning skills gap within engineering and STEM-based careers, and in particular the discrepancy in the gender balance of individuals choosing that particular pathway.
How do you prepare for unannounced audit visits?
The European Union (EU) has a mandatory requirement for Notified Bodies to conduct unannounced audit visits, at least once in every third year, to all manufacturers certified under one of the European medical device directives. Richard Poate, Senior Manager at TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains what measures to put in place to prepare for this eventuality.
High power density systems demand high current converters
Steve Knoth, Senior Product Marketing Engineer, Power Products at Linear Technology now part of Analog Devices discusses here how high power density systems demand high current converters. The expanding market for high current, low voltage digital ICs reached $9.2bn in 2016. This group of digital ICs includes microcontrollers and microprocessors (µC & µP), programmable logic devices (PLDs), digital signal processors (DSPs), applic...
Eliminating the connector and keeping the connection
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has announced the expansion of its Lattice Snap wireless connector product family to support broader adoption of 60GHz wireless technology in consumer and embedded applications.
The Swiss Army Knife for engineers
It might not be able to take the stones out of horses’ hooves, but after a chat with Red Pitaya’s CEO Rok Mesar, you can certainly see why the Slovenia-based company’s STEMLab module has the moniker ‘the Swiss Army Knife for engineers’ – due to the portability, flexibility and affordability it provides design engineers.